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  • I bet you don't know the difference between these three risk assessment essentials!
  • Here's how you can be 100% sure your risk assessments are legally compliant... Remember, you must do a risk assessment to be compliant with the OHS Act! Do you know the difference between these three simple, but essential risk assessment terms: A danger, a hazard and a risk? I know it sounds silly, but I recently attended a seminar on Risk Assessments and you wouldn't... ››› more
  • [24 May 2017]
  • Three reasons why it's so important to do a sanitation risk assessment
  • If your employees work in filthy conditions, they're going to pick up all kinds of diseases. They could get stomach viruses, breathing problems, intestinal infections. All of these come from the kind of bacteria that live and breed in damp, dirty, unhygienic places. When your employees get sick, it means lost productivity. You must also deal with COID if your employee is incapacitated for more ... ››› more
  • [10 March 2017]
  • Do you know how to test your employees for alcohol abuse?
  • Current information shows that in South Africa, employees are the main beneficiaries of legislation that provides for health and safety standards in the workplace. The law that governs general workplace safety is the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1993 (OHSA) and, in the Mining Industry, safety is governed by the Mine Health and Safety Act. It has been showed that over R240 billion, th... ››› more
  • [06 February 2017]
  • Do you know what the OHSA says about breathalyser tests at work?
  • You can't just decide to conduct breathalyser tests as you see fit. You have to do it according to what's prescribed in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Read on to find out what the Act says about this. Don't know what the law says about breathalyser tests at work? If so, here's an answer for you. Here's what the OHSA says about breathalyser tests at work Firstly, you must... ››› more
  • [06 February 2017]
  • Here's why you need to conduct toolbox talks in your workplace
  • The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires you to conduct toolbox talks in your workplace. But what are toolbox talks? And what are the benefits of conducting them besides complying with the OHSA? Read on to find out why you need them... 'A toolbox talk is a short safety talk [that's] delivered at the workplace and on a specific subject matter. The objective is to raise awareness of... ››› more
  • [16 January 2017]
  • Your 14 step checklist for safe erection of scaffolding
  • If you don't take steps to keep your employees safe when they work with scaffolding, you could be fined R50 000, spend a year in jail or both. Don't take that risk! Use this 14 step checklist to put up your scaffolding safely. If your employees work at heights of 1.5m or higher, make sure the equipment they use is safe for them and the work they carry out. Here's what you must do to put up ... ››› more
  • [03 January 2017]
  • Seven things you can expect DoL inspectors to ask for during a health and safety inspection
  • The Department of Labour (DoL) conducted over 190,000 impromptu health and safety inspections. It even shut down a company for failing to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Here's what you can expect DoL inspectors to ask for when they arrive at your company unannounced... The chances of DoL inspectors rocking up at your company's door one day are huge. Recently, the Dep... ››› more
  • [23 December 2016]
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